Medicaid Expansion coverage to extend to ex-inmates

Ex In-mates to receive Insurance coverage

The Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansion provision will help every individual within the new minimum eligible federal poverty level receive health coverage, this goal is extended to even ex-inmates.  Starting in January 1, 2014 as Medicaid expansion is rolled out as many of the 650,000 inmates released from prison each year will be eligible health care coverage according to the huffingtonpost.  Additionally a very large portion of the 5 million ex-offenders who are on parole or probation at any given time will also be covered. The Medicaid coverage offered would be occur due to the low-income levels of the individuals, especially low income ex-inmates.

Faye Taxman criminologist at George Mason University stated, “It potentially revolutionizes the criminal justice system and health system, we now have a golden opportunity to develop and implement quality interventions to both improve health outcomes for this population and also reduce the rate of criminal activity.”

The Medicaid Expansion provision of the Affordable Care Act focuses on establishing a minimum income level to be eligible for the financially weakest People in America. This is created through a minimal Medicaid earnings eligibility level requirement. All individuals below the age of 65 years old whose income falls below 133 % from the federal poverty level (FPL) will be eligible for Medicaid.  These individuals do not need to have kids or children to be assured coverage in Medicaid.

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